All time top 10 LHW rankings

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  1. Russell

    Russell Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    How many posters have made, or are willing to make, a personal LHW top ten? I'd actually be interested in seeing different posters LHW rankings period, even beyond a top ten.
     
  2. Russell

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    Since when does a moment to talk about the 1970's golden age of light heavyweights come up only to simply fall on deaf ears?

    I thought that was one of the last truly appreciated bastions and eras on this sport.
     
  3. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Thread's been done so often, we're all sick of it.

    I'm going to put you on ignore, you boring *******. ;)
     
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  4. Russell

    Russell Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    :risas3::risas3::risas3:
     
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  6. Russell

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    Was thinking more along the lines of ranking via accomplishments and greatness.
     
  7. Eddie Ezzard

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    I know, mate. As the French say, 'that Monsieur Ezzard, Il est un funiquant.'
     
  8. Jel

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    Here's mine:

    1. Archie Moore
    2. Ezzard Charles
    3. Bob Foster
    4. Gene Tunney
    5. Michael Spinks
    6. Tommy Loughran
    7. Harold Johnson
    8. Victor Galindez
    9. Matthew Saad Muhammad
    10. Roy Jones

    I know there's now a consensus of opinion that Charles was the greatest light-heavy ever and I'm not strongly disagreeing here, just putting forward the idea that Moore ultimately deserves recognition as no. 1. He was certainly the greatest light-heavyweight champion of them all. Jones is a tricky one but I think he deserves the final spot because between 1997-2003 he dominated the division and was the best fighter in boxing while he did it. The other positions are all moveable to some degree but I'm pretty happy with the guys I've listed.
     
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  9. Seamus

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    And mine...

    (Champion Emeritus) Maske

    1. Charles
    2. Moore
    3a. Greb
    3b. Tunney
    5. Spinks
    6. Foster
    7. Loughran
    8. Harold Johnson
    9. Saad Muhammad
    10. Bivins
     
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  10. Russell

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    That's actually a fantastic list. Thank you Jel, it's appreciated.
     
  11. Jel

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    Thanks man. Just to follow up on the no.1 v no. 2 debate to justify my positioning and the argument that Charles beat Moore 3-0 in their respective primes therefore Charles has to be above Moore, I don't strongly argue against it but raise the following counter points:
    1. It was certainly Charles's prime but it was arguably not the best version of Moore - that version came later.
    2. We're talking about overall achievement and not H2H. It's obviously a factor but Moore's dominance as champion in the 1950s trumps that imo.
    3. Sandy Saddler beat Willie Pep 3-1 in their 4 fight series and no one has any problem putting Pep ahead of Saddler.

    Not expecting everyone to agree with that line of argument, but that's what it's all about, isn't it?
     
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  12. The Long Count

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    No love for conn
     
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  13. Xplosive

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    It's generally accepted that Charles is #1 both in terms of resume and H2H.

    Personally speaking, I'm not sure if there's any light heavy in history who could have beaten a prime Foster.
     
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  14. Russell

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    I find it particularly interesting how two completely different posters both respectively have Saad exactly at 9th place. Very, very interesting, and well deserved in my opinion.

    Feel free to include a list beyond a top ten, if you have one. I'm wondering if Galindez fits in most peoples lists somewhere between the 10th and 15 spot.
     
  15. Gudetama

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    I rate slightly differently, sometimes ranking fighters according to how much they may have weighed, rather than in which division they achieved. I'm a strange boy. As such, mine looks a tad different:
    1. Charles
    2. Langford
    3. Fitzsimmons
    4. Tunney
    5. Moore
    6. Greb
    7. Loughran
    8. Conn
    9. Spinks
    10. Foster
    Jones just missed the cut at eleven.
     
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